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Mr. I'm so great at biking...(13 posts)

Mr. I'm so great at biking...eschelon
Jun 12, 2003 10:28 AM
I'm sure if you do group rides or have done races you've seen them...during the group ride (B group) yesterday, this guy (who I figured just finished the A group (fast racing pace) joined our ride part way through and was acting the a55. Many times he would break pace at the front and jump past 30 mph and then abruptly slow to a crawl...creating an accordian effect...and then I notice this a55hole a couple of riders in front of me riding next to his buddy doing bumping drills while the group is riding at 25mph! And when we came to a stop at the light, naturally the whole group occupied one lane...well, Mr. Tour De France decided he would roll-stop on the next lane over by himself and then argued with the group lead rider about why he had to get out of the lane he was on...I felt like b@tching the guy out myself...I think I might start some sh1t next time...
tell him to .........african
Jun 12, 2003 10:32 AM
shut up and ride his bike and enjoy it.
re: Mr. I'm so great at biking...The Human G-Nome
Jun 12, 2003 10:52 AM
his roll stop is lame, but i'm not to sure he isn't allowed to be doing intervals on your group ride. if it's obvious that's what he's doing, no one is obliged to grab his wheel... just let him go. unless his moves were "dangerous" it shouldn't matter. it would be much worse if he were just pulling a few mph faster off the front because that would have a seemingly worse effect on your paceline. IMO, of course.
Let him go...........BIG RING
Jun 12, 2003 1:50 PM
If Racer X keeps coming back to the pace line from accelerations, tell him to hold a stesdy pace or scram.
Doing intervals on a group ride..Brooks
Jun 13, 2003 9:16 AM
Ask him (or have the ride leader ask) to do intervals off the back. That way he can slow to crawl without disrupting the group and then bridge up from whatever distance he wants to drop back. Same with bumping drills or any other drills he and his buddy want to do. Do it off the back.
Jun 12, 2003 11:10 AM
Maybe he gets dropped on his A-rides and has to prove something to the B group?

It seems each ride has its own "ride culture." This guy is probably oblivious to the unwritten rules you play by. I'm not defending him, but I ride some rides that get crazier and crazier the more broken up they become. Ride leaders usually organize and plan the route, but are never seen again during the ride (usually "ride at the back").

The ride leader should simply tell the guy his riding style is not welcome, and maybe point him to an appropriate ride.
The bumping drillsNo_sprint
Jun 12, 2003 11:15 AM
would get him supremely b1tched out on our training rides in less than a nanosecond.
Curious......explain/describe bumping drills to me....nmTower
Jun 12, 2003 11:19 AM
Curious......explain/describe bumping drills to me....nmNo_sprint
Jun 12, 2003 11:21 AM
bumping shoulders, bumping legs, bumping elbows, wheel rubbing (extreme).
bumping=dry humpingSpoiler
Jun 12, 2003 11:29 AM
and this type of activity certainly has no place in a friendly group ride. After the ride, when the gang is sitting outside Starbucks, then we can drop the masks and grope eachother while drinking some swishy late'.
LOLOLOLOL!!!! nmNo_sprint
Jun 12, 2003 11:30 AM
bumping=dry humpingPMC
Jun 12, 2003 11:50 AM
Bumping & Dry Humping - both activities best practiced at slow speeds in a grassy field :-)
bumping=dry humpingrussw19
Jun 13, 2003 7:13 PM
That's where I learned to do them. Certainly not in the middle of a pack at 25mph.

If that was going on in my ride, I might ask the guy and his buddy to do it at the back. Same as the good advice about asking him to do his intervals off the back. If he goes down doing bumping drills with his buddy at the back, they are not taking anyone else out but themselves. If some jacka$$ was doing that in the middle of a group ride I was in who went down in front of me, I would deliberatly ride overtop him. Maybe even bunnyhop onto his rear wheel on purpose. See, I did those drills with my coach as a junior in a field... I know what to do when the guy in front of me crashes and I have to ride over him (to the best of my ability) and I have pretty damn good bike handling skills. At least I have enough to pull off bunny hopping onto his rear wheel with mine, destroying his wheel and not taking myself out in the process.

Interesting side note... I was at a race in Vero Beach in 1993 and I had to bunny hop Alex Steida (I think, but it was one of the Coors Light boys) as someone went down in the final corner of the road race. I was trying to get on Davis Phinney's wheel (who won the race of course) and one of his guys got tangled up with a LA Sherrif rider. I ended up finishing one place out of the money which was my goal.